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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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90
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608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 72
Gots: 198 | FT: 27
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile.

(Beer added by: phichifiji00 on 11-20-2011)
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750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 18.99. No bottle date but this is from the Oct/Nov 2012 batch. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a finger and a half bubbly tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring around the glass. No lace whatsoever.

Smells of peaty smoke, cocoa, caramel anf toffee.

Taste combines the strong smoke with rye whiskey and sweet dark malts. Peat, smoke, caramel, burnt wood, whiskey, toffee, cocoa, cane sugar, licorice and booze. There's no denying that this is packin a high abv wallop but it's much less prominent than the 13% bill might have you believe.

A lighter body than expected but still a creamy medium with subtly tingly carbonation. Long smokey sweet finish.

An interesting and boozy sweet take on the smoked beer. It'll be interesting to see what a little time will do to this one.

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750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up

A-- Poured a dark cola color. Settled black. One finger dark brown head that slowly worked it's way to a nice, thick collar. Good head retention and good spotty lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S-- ACK...Smoke!!!! lots of initial aroma of smoke. Once it settled down got smoked bacon, salted cashews, chocolate, and slight bits of oak and rye whiskey.

T-- Smoked chocolate and smoked vanilla. Smoke somewhat drops off to dark chocolate, vanilla, and light barrel notes of oak and rye.

M-- Medium bodied and low carbonation. Works well as the barrel notes are soft so the smoke meshes well with the beer. Quite smooth after working way through the smoke.

O-- Struggled with the beer at first but once it opened up it was quite good. Not something I would want a lot of but it is a good change of pace and a beer that is pretty complex. Very much a slow sipper. Took about an hour to get through the bottle being shared.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2012) split three ways – snifter glasses
*Notes from Thanksgiving (11/22/12)

A: Smoking Wood pours a thick dark russet brown color that takes on more black as it collects in the glass. Initial pour looks near flat with only a mere wisp of some brown sugar foam. Leaves some oily gloss behind and just a few dots of lace. A much clumsier approach produces a decent half finger of low retaining head.

S: Smells of rich caramel sweet malts with a hinting of campfire smoke. There is a restrained meaty soy sauce fragrance and a touch of whiskey peat-like smoke to it. Nice nose with smoke not overpowering.

T: Tastes of dark roast grains sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. Meaty smoke character plays a recurring part throughout. Firm rye spicing gives way to some subtle tannic wood and vanilla barreling notes. Has a light suggestion of peat whiskey and a subtle umami factor to it. There is a decent level of earthy bitterness that peppers across the palate. Incredibly smooth and well crafted at 13% ABV. Some significant warming alcohol but not harsh or offensive in any way. This is a real nice approach to a smoked beer and the flavors compliment nicely.

M: Heavier body and with carbonation seeming on the lower side. Still maintains a lush quality with a real sleek feel overall. Finishes wet.

D: A big robust porter with some great smoky flavors incorporated. Amazing balance at 13% ABV makes for a nice manageable sipper. I was happy with this purchase but do wish I was getting more of the chocolate/cocoa flav others have noted. That probably would have sealed the deal for me.
Should stand up well with age. Paired incredibly well with our hickory smoked turkey.

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On tap at the source.

Pitch black with a dark beige head. Really great retention and lacing, not to mention some gnarly oilly legs.

Nose is pretty epic. Vanilla, toffe and brown sugar are the first scents that come to mind. Rich dark berry notes as well.

Taste follows smell. Huge peaty and smokey notes up front. For awhile the smokiness is overwhelming, but as I get used to the smokiness different flavors come to the surface. Huge dark fruits, some plumb/fig, oak, spicey rye, hints of rye whiskey. There is a bit of a rubbery flavor which is somewhat distracting.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.